Transfer Rumours: Man Utd & Spurs Ready Fernandes Bids, Rose to PSG, Fekir to Delay Lyon Exit & More

​By this time in the transfer window, we’re starting to get a good idea of what most clubs are going to look like by the time next season comes around, but that can all change instantly.

Even the most insignificant move can trigger an entire chain reaction, and it seems almost certain that there’ll be plenty more business before the window slams shut.

Here are seven stories for you to look out for.​


Everton Ready Bid for Wantaway Lyon Midfielder Lucas Tousart

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It looks like Lyon are ready to move on from midfielder Lucas Tousart, having already recruited Jean Lucas and Thiago Mendes this summer to play in his position, which sounds like bad news for the 22-year-old.

​Le Quotidien du Foot state that nobody really knows what he wants to do right now, but it appears likely that he might want to leave in search of regular game time. ​Everton are ready to offer him an escape route, but only if they lose Idrissa Gueye this summer.

Should Gueye seal a move to ​Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain, then Tousart will likely be their preferred replacement. However, if Gueye stays, then so does Tousart. Basically, it’s all up in the air.


Sean Longstaff ‘Key’ to Steve Bruce’s Newcastle Plans

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Steve Bruce may be facing an uphill battle to win over many ​Newcastle United fans, but his latest plan will likely help.

According to ​Sky Sports, Bruce plans to sit down with young midfielder Sean Longstaff to try convince him to remain at the club, insisting that he would be a key part of the team if he rejects Manchester United’s advances.

​Whilst Longstaff is keen to talk to the Red Devils, he would also be happy to remain with Newcastle going forward. Finally, something positive to come out of the club.


Daniel Sturridge Linked With Move Overseas Following Betting Scandal

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It has been a busy few days for Daniel Sturridge. The former ​Liverpool man has been on the lookout for a new club after being released from Anfield, but now has to wait a few weeks after the ​FA banned him following a betting scandal. Wild.

After the fiasco, a spokesman for Sturridge confirmed (via ​The Mirror) that the striker has attracted interest from “teams in many countries, including America, China, Italy, Spain and France, as well as clubs closer to home in the ​Premier League“, so it looks like Sturridge might have some choices to make this summer.

Well, that’s if he is actually allowed to join a new club. The FA are pushing to extend his ban, which could put an end to talk of a move for Sturridge.


Danny Rose Unsuccessfully Offers Himself to Barcelona as PSG Ready £20m Bid

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We don’t know who ​Danny Rose will be playing for next season, but it definitely looks like it’s not going to be ​Tottenham Hotspur.

He was left behind as the rest of the squad travelled for pre-season to allow him to find a move elsewhere, and ​Sport claim Rose has offered his services to ​Barcelona, who are on the lookout for someone to operate as backup to Jordi Alba.

However, the Blaugrana turned him down as a result of Spurs’ £20m asking price, and now Paris Saint-Germain are now believed to be leading the race for his signature.


Nabil Fekir Delaying Real Betis Move in Hope of Receiving Better Offer

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A year after he was supposed to leave Lyon for ​Liverpool, it looks like Nabil Fekir might finally be on his way out of the club. Well, maybe not just yet.

​L’Equipe state that Fekir has agreed a €25m move to Real Betis to replace the outgoing Giovani Lo Celso, but the Frenchman has opted to delay finalising the move in the hope of receiving a better offer.

His entourage believe that one of Europe’s elite are ready to involve themselves in negotiations – is he still stuck in 2018?


Atletico Line Up Christian Eriksen as James Rodriguez Alternative With Angel Correa Linked in Swap Deal

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​Atletico Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of forgotten ​Real Madrid man ​James Rodriguez, but convincing Los Blancos to sell to a direct rival likely won’t be easy. Fortunately, they look to have a backup plan.

Diego Simeone is known to be a huge fan of ​Tottenham Hotspur’s ​Christian Eriksen, but Marca claim that he will only push to sign the Dane if he misses out on Rodriguez this summer.​

​Atletico could even look to include Angel Correa in a player-plus-cash deal for Eriksen, after ​Sky Sports claimed they tried something similar with Correa in their pursuit of ​Kieran Trippier. However, Spurs weren’t too keen on the deal then, so they probably wouldn’t be now.


Bruno Fernandes’ Agent Arrives in England With Man Utd & Spurs Expected to Lodge Bids

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How are we so deep into this Bruno Fernandes saga, yet it still feels like nothing has actually happened? United and Spurs both want him, but neither appear to have actually moved ahead in the race for his signature.

Fortunately, this could all soon be coming to an end, as ​A Bola claim that both clubs are ready to make their first official approaches to Sporting CP, whilst Correio de Manha (via ​Sport Witness) add that his agent, Miguel Pinho, is in England to get two concrete offers for Fernandes.

Sporting want €70m, but the two clubs are expected to offer closer to €50m. Can somebody please just offer €60m and call it quits there?

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Anthony Martial in Line to Be the ‘New Signing’ Man Utd Need This Summer – Again

Manchester United fans have been focusing their attention this summer on which prospective new signings will make the team better after a frankly dismal end to last season, but the improvement and cause for optimism doesn’t solely have to come from new faces alone.

There is still some deadwood in the squad, there can be no question about that, but there is also still so much untapped potential yet to be unleashed in the right set of circumstances.

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Having performed a U-turn on his apparent desire to leave the previous summer and pledged his future to the club with a new long-term contract, Anthony Martial was one of the worst culprits as performance levels fell off a cliff in the final two months of 2018/19.

He looked once more as though he wasn’t interested and didn’t want to be there.

The Frenchman, who was part of the United quartet to reach double figures in the Premier League, scored most of his goal in a flurry for Jose Mourinho in October and November. But he then netted just three times in 14 Premier League games in total under Solskjaer – which became only two in all competitions after securing his bumper new deal at the end of January.

There was gossip in May that Martial was on thin ice at Old Trafford because of a poor attitude. A viral video that appeared to show a total lack of effort during the warm up for a game against Chelsea was said to have left Solskjaer ‘unhappy’, while the United boss was generally ‘dismayed’ and ‘running out of patience’ with a player who didn’t seem to be giving his all.

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Some reports alleged that Solskjaer was ready to get rid of the Frenchman and it prompted a bizarre defence from the player’s management company, highlighting his career statistics to those of United legends Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo at similar ages.

Incredibly, it was then reported that Martial was only staying at Old Trafford because co-owner Joel Glazer had vetoed Solskjaer’s request to sell him. It was said that not only is Martial one of Glazer’s favourite players, he sees the French forward as the club’s own version of Pele.

For Martial to go from there, with his future looking bleak once more, to Solskjaer now singing his praises in pre-season for an ‘improving’ work rate just two months later is very promising indeed and tantamount to having another new signing at the club.

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As much as Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been impressive in early friendlies, and as much as fans look forward to potentially signing Harry Maguire, maybe Bruno Fernandes, having a player with the ability of Martial suddenly working hard is like a fresh arrival.

“Anthony can be a world-class forward. The way he has come back to pre-season now, how he is in training, his attitude is absolutely spot-on. There are a couple of instances that you can see with Anthony, in the way he works for the team,” Solskjaer said on Friday, via ManUtd.com.

“He has got the quality and talent. He’s going to score goals and his work-rate is improving. I expect him and Marcus [Rashford] to be even better than last season.

“Of course, Anthony’s had a top season when he came in his first season. He was top scorer and he’s had a couple of seasons since then when he’s not really hit that amount of goals and quality. I’m sure we will see a better Anthony this year.”

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Always innately talented, a Martial with a good or ‘spot on’ attitude is a completely different prospect to a Martial who wasn’t giving his all. Add him to an attacking unit that has been electrified by the raw speed of James, the emergence of Mason Greenwood and the increasing maturity of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata at last in a ‘number 10’ role, things are looking up.

It is easy to forget Martial was a teenager when he joined United and is still only 23 years of age even now. He’s not at the end or even the middle of his career, he’s barely past the beginning.

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Frustrated Antonio Conte Admits He Wants to Sign Romelu Lukaku as Inter Question Value of Deal

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is in danger of seeing his proposed summer transfer to Inter fall apart, much to the annoyance of head coach Antonio Conte.

Inter’s pursuit of Lukaku so far this summer has been fairly public, but consistent failure to put forward an offer that United would find acceptable has seen no progress made.

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Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Inter are ready to offer Lukaku a five-year contract worth a total of £41m in wages – equivalent of around £160,000-per-week, but Inter’s best offer to United totalled £63m plus add-ons – well short of the Red Devils’ £79m asking price.

That report noted that Inter are ‘reluctant’ to pay so much and ‘would prefer to find some middle ground’. And yet United have continued to stand firm.

Now, an update on the situation from The Sun takes it further still and alleges that Inter are ‘getting cold feet’ about paying £75m, or more, for Lukaku. As a result, the Nerazzurri are said to have ‘suddenly started to question if he is worth the money’.


Understandably, Conte is described as ‘angry’ and ‘fuming’. As well as failing to land Lukaku, Inter officials also haven’t managed to deliver the new boss Roma striker Edin Dzeko, and yet pre-season preparations are well underway. On top of that, Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, both identified as surplus to requirements by Conte, appear no closer to leaving the club.

Speaking to press in Singapore, Conte described himself as ‘frustrated’ by the situation, stating his desire to sign Lukaku but acknowledging that he remains a United player.

“I think frustrated is a big word,” Conte lamented. “He is a United player. That is the reality. You know I like this player. I tried to bring him in Chelsea. Today Lukaku is a United player. At this moment we are talking about a player from another club. I consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement. At the same time, there is a market, we know our situation.”

The Sun makes the point that by threatening to walk away, Inter may be trying to call United’s bluff so that the Old Trafford club are obliged to lower their valuation of Lukaku.

The fact that Inter have so far failed to meet an asking price that has been set for weeks is a hint that they may not have the available funds to go any higher.

But with Lukaku still an asset after scoring a number of goals as a substitute in the second half of last season after losing his starting place to Marcus Rashford, it remains to be seen whether United will take the bait. At this point, it seems unlikely.

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The Inter media are so desperate to see a deal for Lukaku it was even alleged this week that United have made a £63m bid for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a replacement. The website FC Inter News was the rather suspect source of that rumour.

News that won’t help the ongoing speculation surrounding Lukaku is his confirmed absence from the pre-season friendly between United and Inter in Singapore. The 26-year-old has been nursing a minor injury, which already forced him to sit out the recent 4-0 win over Leeds, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained: “He’s not fit so he won’t be available.”

However, David de Gea and Luke Shaw, who missed the Leeds game through illness and injury respectively, are both expected to play some part against Inter this weekend.

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Louis van Gaal: The Mercurial & Enigmatic Dutch Master’s All-Time Best XI

Louis van Gaal is number 22 in 90min’s Top 50 Great Managers of All Time series. Follow the rest of the series over the course of the next five weeks. You can find Jamie Spencer’s Van Gaal career overview ​here


In the best part of 30 years as a manager, Louis van Gaal has nurtured, developed and honed some of the greatest footballers of a generation.

Having worked at four of the biggest clubs in the world – Ajax, Barcelona (twice), Bayern Munich and Manchester United – he was famed for handing debuts to emerging talents.

Barcelona legends Xavi, Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta all owe a gratitude to Van Gaal for that, while his influence was key as German icons Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm made the transition from talented youngsters to world class stars in their mid-20s.

But Van Gaal’s finest and most famous work came during his time at Ajax, his very first job in football management, as he guided a team of largely home grown talent to European glory.

This is the best XI of his remarkable career…


Goalkeepers & Defenders

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Edwin van der Sar (GK) – The legendary goalkeeper’s rise coincided rather perfectly with Van Gaal’s, with Van der Sar establishing himself as Ajax number one by 1992. He was named Best European Goalkeeper by UEFA in 1995 as Ajax won the Champions League and was Dutch Goalkeeper of the Year four times under Van Gaal’s tutelage

Michael Reiziger – After back-to-back loans out, Reiziger was brought back to Ajax at the start of the glorious 1994/95 season and was an ever present at right-back. He left Amsterdam as a free agent in 1996, but Van Gaal later saw fit to sign Reiziger at Barcelona for a sizeable £7m.

Danny Blind – A senior figure in Van Gaal’s all conquering Ajax side, Blind was the captain who lifted the 1995 Champions League trophy. He and Van Gaal were actually teammates at Sparta Rotterdam for several seasons in the early 1980s and they have been close friends for 40 years.

Frank de Boer – The classy defender played for Van Gaal at both Ajax and Barcelona, winning the Champions League with the former and La Liga with the latter. De Boer explained during an appearance on Sky Sports in 2018 that his mentor’s biggest strength was helping talented young players reach their full potential – “He could manage that so perfectly”.


Midfielders

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Luis Figo – Although he would eventually become hated in the city, Figo was revered at Barcelona during Van Gaal’s first spell at Camp Nou, winning back-to-back La Liga titles in 1997/98 and 1998/99, as well as the Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup.

Clarence Seedorf – A debutant for Van Gaal at the age of 16, Seedorf won the first of four career Champions League titles under the Dutch master. Aged 18, Seedorf played 48 times for Ajax during that 1994/95 season alone, although he was among the very first high profile Bosman signings when he left to join Sampdoria in the summer of 1996.

Edgar Davids – Like Seedorf, Davids left Ajax on a free transfer in 1996, but not before Van Gaal had helped establish the ferocious midfielder as one of Europe’s most coveted players. Van Gaal named his star ball winner ‘The Pitbull’. They later reunited at international level.

Marc Overmars – Van Gaal moulded Overmars on and off the field, with the electric winger a star at throughout the early to mid 1990s. Since retirement he has become a renowned director of football at Ajax and has maintained close contact with his old boss, revealing that Van Gaal predicted the club’s incredible 2018/19 Champions League run before anyone else.


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Jari Litmanen – Although not home grown like many of the others, a prolific Litmanen was arguably the star of Van Gaal’s golden Ajax team. The Finn also joined his boss at Barcelona in 1999, while in 2015 he commented: “Finland has shaped me as a footballer, but Van Gaal added the last fifteen, twenty per cent. He was demanding and honest. He saw everything.”

Rivaldo – “I don’t like Van Gaal, and I am sure that he doesn’t like me, either.” Those were Rivaldo’s words when the Brazilian left Barcelona in 2002. The pair had fallen out during Van Gaal’s first spell at Camp Nou, but Rivaldo actually played the best football of his career in the Dutchman’s team and won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1999.

Patrick Kluivert – Van Gaal’s faith gave Kluivert the opportunity to become the youngest goalscorer in a Champions League final when he scored Ajax’s famous late winner in 1995 at the age of just 18. The master also signed the apprentice for Barcelona in 1998 and years later appointed Kluivert to his coaching staff on the Dutch national team.


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Louis van Gaal: The Stubborn Master Who Won 15 Major Trophies at 4 of the World’s Greatest Clubs

Louis van Gaal is number 22 in 90min’s Top 50 Great Managers of All Time series. Follow the rest of the series over the course of the next five weeks.


Love him or hate him, and it is that black or white, Louis van Gaal is one of the great figures of modern football history: a stubborn idealist, an enigmatic personality, but above all, a serial winner.

For Van Gaal, two seasons at Manchester United that brought down the curtain on a 25-year career in 2016 covered all three. He was ruthlessly committed to his philosophy – ultimately to his detriment with a lack of correct personnel to implement it; the media and fans struggled to work out his marvellous eccentricities; and he delivered the club’s first major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the shape of the FA Cup – the club’s first in the competition for 12 years.

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Cruelly, you are only remembered as being as good as your last job and Van Gaal often doesn’t get the recognition his career deserves after those two years in Manchester failed to yield a Premier League title challenge, or anything resembling one, or a finish higher than fourth.

The club was, for want of a better phrase, in crisis. There was no overarching plan, no structure, and no ability to suitably aid the manager in the transfer market.

Was it simply a case of right place, wrong time for Van Gaal? Perhaps.

The Dutch master remains fiercely proud of his stint at Old Trafford, as though he has a personal checklist of the most prestigious clubs in Europe. “I worked at the number one team in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and now also in England,” he told BBC Sport in March 2019.

For this is a man who been there and done it all, time and time again, starting afresh in a new country and conquering the new just as he did the old.

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An Amsterdam native, Van Gaal’s playing career was fairly unremarkable. Moving from the amateur ranks, he began his senior career with Ajax at a time when the club was the best in world. He never played for the first team and spent his best years at Sparta Rotterdam. But it was back at Ajax upon retirement in 1987 that his coaching career began, first as an assistant.

Van Gaal landed the top Ajax job in September 1991 and by the end of his debut season in charge the club had won a major European trophy in the shape of the UEFA Cup. That side featured a young Dennis Bergkamp, but it was what Van Gaal would go on to achieve at Ajax in the following years that made him a legend and secured his legacy.

His greatest strength was always player development, placing his faith in young talent to help them unlock their true potential. With Van Gaal at the helm, Ajax gave birth to a golden generation to rival all golden generations, and one that conquered Europe.

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Clarence Seedorf made his debut for Van Gaal’s Ajax aged just 16. Patrick Kluivert was barely 18, Marc Overmars was signed at 19, and Edwin van der Sar was a regular in goal at 22. An 18-year-old Edgar Davids made his debut three weeks before Van Gaal took over, but the midfielder, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Pitbull’ by his mentor, was kept in the side.

Ajax won the Eredivisie title in 1993/94 to qualify for the Champions League the following season. That young side, led on the pitch by experienced pair Frank Rijkaard and Danny Blind, the latter a former teammate of Van Gaal’s in Rotterdam, also retained their Dutch crown in 1994/95, going unbeaten in the Eredivisie and scoring 106 goals in 34 games, and took things to the next level by claiming Ajax’s first European crown in 22 years, since the days of Johan Cruyff. Kluivert remains the youngest ever scorer in a European Cup/Champions League final.

Then world champions after beating Gremio in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, Van Gaal and Ajax won a third straight Eredivisie title in 1995/96 and returned to the Champions League final, where only a penalty shootout defeat to Juventus denied them a second triumph.


Career Honours​
​UEFA Cup (1991/92)
​KNVB Cup (1992/93)
​Eredivisie (1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 2008/09)
​UEFA Champions League (1994/95); runner-up (1995/96, 2009/10)
​UEFA Super Cup (1995, 1997)
​Intercontinental Cup (1995)
​La Liga (1997/98, 1998/99)
​Copa del Rey (1997/98)
​Bundesliga (2009/10)
​DFB Pokal (2009/10)
​World Cup third place (2014)
​FA Cup (2015/16)

Van Gaal has infamously fallen out with a lot of people over the years, yet his bond with others is so strong and many of those who played under him revere him. “Finland has shaped me as a footballer, but Van Gaal added the last fifteen, twenty per cent. He was demanding and honest. He saw everything,” former Ajax great Jari Litmanen said in 2015.

Speaking to talkSPORT in 2019, Wayne Rooney described Van Gaal as “…tactically the best I have worked with – in terms of setting you up in a shape defensively and everyone knowing their roles,” putting the Dutchman ahead of even Sir Alex Ferguson in that regard.

After his Ajax team was broken up, partly by the new Bosman ruling, Van Gaal moved on to Barcelona in 1997. His success was instant, winning back-to-back La Liga titles, one as part of a domestic double in his first season.

That three year spell at Camp Nou saw an infamous spat with 1999 Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo over his position on the pitch – a grudge which resulted in the Brazilian being released when Van Gaal returned in 2002 – but it also gave rise to the careers of future club legends Xavi and Carles Puyol after both were handed first team debuts. Van Gaal’s second spell at Barcelona would later see Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes also make their respective debuts.

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Van Gaal’s return to Barcelona, coming after a failed stint with the Dutch national team which resulted in failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, was not as successful as his first. He returned briefly to Ajax as technical director, before becoming coach at lesser known Eredivisie side AZ.

Remarkably, he led the team to the Eredivisie title in 2008/09 – the sixth domestic league title of his career. The previous season had been a bad one and Van Gaal was actually planning to resign in 2008 until a number of AZ players urged him to stay on.

After AZ, came Van Gaal’s return to the elite bracket when Bayern Munich came calling. Despite a slow start, he proved to be a popular figure and delivered the Bundesliga title in his first season. A DFB Pokal followed. And while defeat in the 2010 Champions League final denied Bayern an historic treble, Van Gaal had won seven league titles in three different countries.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, transformed from inconsistent winger to near flawless central midfielder, and Thomas Muller owe Van Gaal particular gratitude for his time in Germany.

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After finishing at Bayern and prior to moving to England, Van Gaal got a second chance to lead the Dutch national team. This time, his measured tactics, designed to minimise his players’ weaknesses and maximise their strengths, worked perfectly and took his team all the way to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, finishing third against all expectations – the group stage had included a masterful 5-1 demolition of Spain – the holders had no answer to the Dutch system.


​Teams Managed Years​
​Ajax ​1991 – 1997
​Barcelona ​1997 – 2000
​Netherlands ​2000 – 2002
​Barcelona ​2002 – 2003
​AZ ​2005 – 2009
​Bayern Munich ​2009 – 2011
​Netherlands ​2012 – 2014
​Manchester United 2014 – 2016​

Van Gaal was ultimately treated rather terribly by Manchester United as the club negotiated with his successor behind his back for months. His disappointing spell in England, fuelled by failings of the club itself, is an unfortunate blot on an otherwise truly remarkable career.

Still, it couldn’t keep him down. As Van Gaal himself said to the BBC: “To win the FA Cup when, for six months, the media has a noose round my neck, is my biggest achievement.”


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Number 33: Luiz Felipe Scolari: How the Enigmatic ‘Big Phil’ Succeeded as Much as He Failed on the Big Stage

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Number 31: Vicente del Bosque: The Unluckiest Manager in the World Who Led Spain to Immortality

Number 30: Arsene Wenger: A Pioneering Who Became Invincible at Arsenal

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Number 28: Jock Stein: The Man Who Guided Celtic to Historic Heights & Mentored Sir Alex Ferguson

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Number 25:Mario Zagallo: Habitual World Cup Winner & Sculptor of Brazil’s Joga Bonito Era

Number 24: Bela Guttmann: The Dance Instructor Who Changed Football Forever (and Managed…Just Everyone)

Number 23: ​Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The Scientist Who Dominated Football in the Soviet Union


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